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Ice Harvesting

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Gordon Howard explains the process of ice harvesting on Green Lake during the Tully Ice Harvest Festival in Tully, New York.  The footage for this video was filmed in February 2009.


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May 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Local Artist: Diane Stroo

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Local artist, Diane Stroo talks about her art and her business that’s coming to HubFest this year.

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April 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Rules for Photographers to Remember

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ImageWhen taking photos, you can have a wide, mid, or close up shot.  This is a mid shot.  You can see most of the subject’s body but there is more detail shown than if it was a wide shot.  This picture was also shot at eye level which is generally the angle at which you want to take a picture.  I took this picture of a Maasai boy while in Kenya.  This was taken during a goat roast in a small community during the summer of 2011.

ImageThis picture follows the rule of thirds.  To follow the rule of thirds you divide a photo into 9 boxes and place the center of interest of the picture where the lines meet.  These are called golden points. It is also a close-up shot of my friend Bailey.  A close-up shot means that a certain point of the subject takes up the whole frame.  It is not a picture of her whole body, but just of her face.  This picture has a shorter depth of field, meaning that the background is not in focus, just the main subject of the picture.  This picture was also shot at eye level.  I took this picture of my friend Bailey last summer.


This photo is a wide shot of slums around Lima, Peru.  It follows the diagonal rule which says that a photograph looks more dynamic if the objects fall or follow a diagonal line.  In this picture your eyes follow the diagonal lines of the dirt roads across the photograph.  This picture also has a wide depth of field meaning that most of the photo is in focus.  I took this picture while on a trip to Lima, Peru during spring break 2010.  We spent a couple days walking around the slums, talking to people, and playing with children.  Seeing the way these people lived made me appreciate the life that I have been blessed with.

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March 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Balloonfest Practice Assignment

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Our class assignment to understand how to work iMovie.

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February 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Tornado Devastates Hattiesburg

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The tornadoes that came through Hattiesburg last night were terrifying and devastating and it seems to be a miracle that no one was killed in such a destructive storm.  I was sitting in the dark hallway of Lowe’s when the tornado came through.  Pictures of the tornado right behind Lowe’s was a crazy thing to see and I am grateful that I was in a large safe building and not on the road when the weather turned for the worst.

The EF4 tornado that blew through Hattiesburg destroyed many homes and buildings and damaged school facilities on the campuses of Oak Grove High School, Southern Miss, and Hattiesburg High School.  Oak Grove’s fieldhouse, baseball field and weight room were severely damaged.  USM had many buildings damaged including Elam Arms, the Alumni House, and the Fine Arts Building.  The Jazz Station will have to be torn down.  This destruction has caused schools to stay closed for a couple days, although USM is currently observing a Mardi Gras holiday meaning that most students were thankfully not on campus during the tornados.

Hardy Street, the main road through east Hattiesburg, is still closed and many other roads are closed due to power lines and trees being down.  This has caused traffic in the area to be quite slow.

Power is still out for many, but power companies are working around the clock to restore power in the area.  Power companies from outside the Hattiesburg area have come in to help since the amount of work is more than workers in the area can do alone.

Although the forecast showed bad weather, no one expected the weather to get as bad as it did. Chris Hernandez a student at USM said, “Because the rain had stopped, it seemed the worst of the weather was over. My friends and I were on our way to the mall when the power went out all around us.  At that point we realized that the weather was worse that we realized and turned around.”

In the midst of the destruction, the Hattiesburg community has come together to help clean up the mess. Molly a student at William Carey University said, “It affected all of Hattiesburg regardless if ones house was destroyed or not. It’s great to see all of Hattiesburg come together as one to help out.”  WCU was the only school in Hattiesburg that did not have damage from the storm.

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February 18, 2013 at 4:24 am

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Beyonce’s Performance at the Inaugural Ceremony

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Rumors are flying that Beyonce lip-synched the National Anthem at the Inaugural Ceremony. Captain Kendra N. Motz, Media Officer of the U.S. Marine Band,says that all of the songs for the Inaugural Ceremony were prerecorded in case of problems but no one in the Marine Band can say whether or not Beyonce lip-synched the performance. Whether or not the performance was lip-synched, it was without a doubt Beyonce’s amazing voice. Should the fact that she possibly used a prerecorded version of the National Anthem instead of singing live, discredit her ability to sing or make her rendition of the National Anthem a fraud? I don’t think so.
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January 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm